Philippines

Mayor Sara asks Dabawenyos to pray for Jolo

Mayor Sara asks Dabawenyos to pray for Jolo

By Lilian Mellejor 

JOLO VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte together with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, and Mayor Sara Duterte, visits Jolo on Monday to assess the aftermath of bombing incident on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of SAP Go)

DAVAO CITY (Philippines News Agency) — Mayor Sara Duterte on Monday appealed to Dabawenyos to pray that the people of Jolo will be able to stand and rise with dignity, in the aftermath of the deadly blasts there on Sunday.

In a press statement released by the City Information Office, Mayor Sara also asked for swift justice for the victims of the twin explosions that killed 20 and injured 112 others.

“Please pray that Jolo and its people will also stand and rise with dignity and strong resolve to overcome this tragedy and deliver the perpetrators to the government so that justice may be served,” Sara said.

“The deadly attacks betray the cowardice of the perpetrators and their desire to sow fear, hate, violence, and senseless death,” the mayor said, calling the bombing as an act of terrorism that “we have to resolutely fight as a nation”.

On Monday, Sara joined President Rodrigo Duterte in his visit to Jolo to assess the situation.

“We commiserate with the families of the victims and offer them our condolences and prayers,” she said.

The mayor recalled that Davao City also had its own experience of terrorism that resulted in deaths and destruction.

“But we refused to be cowed or be defeated by the devils behind it,” Sara added.

In September 2016, a bomb exploded at the Roxas Night Market here, killing 17 people. (PNA)

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